Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Kean Wins By KO Against Esparza
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL - The IBO Inter-Continental heavyweight champion,
the Canadian Simon Kean, improved his chances to reach
eventually to Top 15 of the international ratings Saturday
evening in the ring of the Vidéotron Centre in Québec City.
A fighter from Trois-Rivières, Québec, Kean stayed
undefeated in pro boxing (14-0-0), beating the Mexican
Ignacio Esparza (21-3-0) by KO in the fifth round.
Esparza, a very fat boxer of 273 pounds (versus 246 for
Kean), was fighting very defensively in each round, and Kean
took advantage of the situation.
Taller than his opponent, better technically, clearly in
better shape than Esparza, Kean used his jabs, hooks and
uppercuts to dominate round after round.
Kean sent Esparza on the canvas twice in the fifth round,
with solid uppercuts and hooks to the head, and the Mexican
stayed on his knees after the second knockdown.
After the count of 10, the referee Steve St-Germain declared
“I did what was necessary to win the fight,” said Kean after
the bout. “I fought with discipline, I was patient, and I
connected my power shots at the right moment. If I took my
time, it’s because my opponent was fighting very
defensively. I want more and more important fights, and in
June, I will certainly beat the Canadian Adam Braidwood. I
know I have my place in the international ratings».
The Montrealer super lightweight Mathieu Germain kept his
prefect pro record (14-0-0), beating the Mexican Miguel
Zamudio (40-11-1) by TKO.”
Faster than his opponent, more intense, more accurate,
better technically and strategically, Germain dominated the
bout from the beginning to the end. Germain attacked
furiously in the seventh round, and he provoked the first
knockdown of the fight. In the eight round, Germain hurt
seriously his opponent with an uppercut, and the referee
intervened to stop the bout. Zamudio, who was clearly in
trouble since the fifth round, has been declared TKO after
56 seconds of action in this eight round.
Germain has the ambition to become North American
championship before the end of the year.
The super middleweight Vincent Thibault, from Québec City,
obtained his fourth win in pro boxing (4-0-0) with a victory
by KO in the third round against the Mexican Arturo De La
Thibault hurt his opponent in each round, specially in the
third round few seconds before the KO.
In the opening bout of the evening, the Montrealer Russian
heavyweight Arlansbek Makhmudov scored his second win in pro
boxing (2-0-0), with a win by TKO after only 46 seconds of
action, against the Mexican Christian Larrondo (4-4-1).
Makhmudov attacked furiously at the beginning of the bout,
and it was obvious for the referee that Larrondo was
seriously in trouble. The referee intervened to declare the
Mexican TKO in the first minute of the bout.